Co-creating by other means: bridging the gap between experimentation and policymaking in Science and Technology Innovation

Co-creating by other means in STI


   This workshop is grounded within the H2020 project SISCODE aimed at: i) developing co-creation methodologies in policy design for Science and Technology Innovation (STI); ii) understanding the conditions and transformations needed to infuse co-creation in STI policy-making, overcoming barriers and resistance to change. Because of the involvement of 10 “co-creation labs” (living labs, fab labs and science museums) across Europe, the project has an experimental approach: the labs are engaged (with scientists, stakeholders and end users) in a long-term co-creation process from the phase of understanding a problem and designing a solution, to the phase of implementing it by means of prototypes.

   Drawing on the experience gained within SISCODE’s co-creation activities, some of the co-creation labs will be engaged in this workshop to discuss with stakeholders and practitioners their ongoing experimentation, exploring more effective ways to conceive policies that are able to connect policy design with citizens and grassroots initiatives.


   The main aim of the workshop is to reflect on innovative solutions that aim at bridging the gap between problem framing and implementation of solutions in STI policy-making, using prototypes as enablers. Indeed, prototyping is a core ingredient in co-creation and can be seen either as a key process for developing knowledge and for its appropriation in the field of policy-making. In terms of rationale behind the aim, we recognize that co-creation has a strong potential in bringing together researchers and practitioners concerned with the involvement of people in processes of development, implementation, and appropriation of technologies and services. Nevertheless, most attempts to open up science and innovation policies by introducing co-creation seem to be affecting STI governance only at a superficial level. Thus, reflections over the modalities to entangle the phases of generation of ideas and those of implementation will be at the core of this workshop.


   At the end of the workshop we expect to reach the following outcomes: i) intrinsic outcome in terms of acknowledgment, contribution, sense of ownership, social and professional networking between participants and organisers; ii) extrinsic outcome in terms of envisioning solutions and proposing alternative approaches in addressing broad policy-making challenges in the context of co-creation for STI policy-making. Overall, we expect that supporting co-creation activities can facilitate the encounter among different practitioners and stakeholders, thus allowing them to share visions and ideas regardless of backgrounds, cultural specificities, and approaches within STI policymaking. Overall, we expect to empower practical skills to recognize, frame and face challenges related to co-creation activities in STI policy-making, with special attention to the need of upscaling solutions and ideas.


    The workshop is based on a hybrid methodology: after a general introduction to the topic the involved labs will introduce the envisioned solutions to their specific challenges by means of PechaKucha speeches. Participants will then be divided into 4 groups to discuss transversal policy-making challenges and specific ones related to the domains in which the labs are working: healthcare, environment and agriculture. The discussion will be managed starting from a small set of “open questions”, which will be addressed by each group in a collaborative way, and will proceed asking groups to provide insights and feedback about the envisioned solutions, as well as integrative and alternative approaches or solutions.

Workshop Facilitators

Francesca Rizzo

Associate Professor

Carla Sedini

Adjunct Professor

Alessandro Deserti

Full Professor

Stefano Crabu

Assistant Professor